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On the outskirts of Vegas, once the neon lights fade and the sound of traffic is replaced by the rush of the wind, the Valley of Fire is a geologic wonder that’s best explored on two feet. On this Valley of Fire hiking excursion, marvel at Native American petroglyphs that are believed to be 3,000 years old, and enjoy the multihued desert scenery in Nevada’s oldest state park. You’ll also pass Lake Mead and the Moapa Indian Reservation. This small group tour lasts either 4, 5, or 6 hours — depending on the difficulty of hike you choose.

Highlights

  • Hiking tour of Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas
  • Choose an easy, moderate or difficult guided hike among the red rock formations and petroglyphs in Valley of Fire State Park
  • Tour the Valley of Fire State Park visitor center and shop for duty-free products at the Moapa River Indian Reservation
  • Keep your energy up with complimentary snacks and water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people for a more intimate, interactive experience

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What You Can Expect

Valley of Fire Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Valley of Fire Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Depending upon which option you choose, this Valley of Fire hiking tour either leaves Las Vegas at sunrise, or later in the day in the late morning or early afternoon. Once you meet with the rest of your group, which won’t exceed 13 people, you’ll leave the lights of Vegas behind and begin to commune with nature, as your travel 55 miles (89km) out into the wide open desert. 

Along the drive, you’ll pass the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as Nellis Air Force Base, and if you’re so inclined, you can also make a stop at the Moapa Indian Reservation to pick up some fireworks, liquor or cigarettes that are completely duty free. Not far from the entrance of the park, you’ll be able to see the shimmering waters of Lake Mead out in the distance, which is America’s largest man-made lake and a marvel of modern engineering.

When you enter the Valley of Fire State Park, your guide will explain the area’s history as well as its fascinating geology, and lead you to the trail head of whichever hike you’ve chosen from the options below. Over the course of the trek through the park, learn about the erosion and seismic fault lines that have created the rugged terrain, all while surrounded by a surreal landscape of enormous, deeply red rocks. For thousands of years, Native American-Indian tribes have lived and survived in this landscape, and your guide will offer some fascinating insight to their legends, history, and myths, as well as point out some ancient petroglyphs that have been here for 3,000 years. 

Water and snacks are provided for the hike, and once you’ve conquered the dusty trail and soaked up the epic beauty, you’ll have the chance to explore the Valley of Fire official visitors center, where informative placards provide even more educational background on the park. On the hour-long car ride back to Las Vegas, rest your legs and watch the scene slowly change outside the window, as the windswept desert slowly gives to the glitz, glamor and lights. 

Easy Hike:This option is the perfect choice for families and travelers of all ages and fitness levels who can complete a 2-hour hike. On this easy stroll, it’s still possible to see a number of ancient petroglyphs. 

Moderate Hike:Even though this hike is at a leisurely pace, it still requires a decent degree of fitness for scrambling across boulders, plateaus, and peaks amidst the reddish brown rocks.

Difficult Hike:This strenuous option is for avid outdoorsmen in search of the park’s best views, and is much more difficult than the easier two hikes—given the level of terrain.

Customer Reviews

Don P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a splendid experience. Although we have toured many places in this world, Dan was the finest we have ever had. I have very poor hearing but his voice and elocution allowed me to hear and understand most everything. We were also amazed at his formidable knowledge on every relevant subject. We are in our late seventies and he matched the tour speed and difficulty axactly to our capabilities. Dan made the trip a complete delight.

Davis United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I will have to return to the Valley of Fire next time I am in Vegas. Daniel, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable, attentive, and professional.

Stuart E United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

If you're looking for something different to do while staying in Vegas and you want a break from the bright lights and people and noise then how about using Love Hikes to take you to and show you round the Valley of Fire? You can choose a short, medium or long hike and the guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you here. It is around 60 minutes North of the Vegas Strip.Our guide was fantastic and kept us entertained and informed all the way to and from the Valley, as well as being an excellent guide when we arrived. There are three main trails here, The White Domes Road, the Rainbow Vista trail and Prospect Trail. It is easy to stay to the main areas but if you are with a guide they can take you 'off piste' and show you lesser known or travelled areas. The views and rock formations are fantastic. The bright red colours and the way that the rocks have eroded with the wind and rain is quite unique. You can also see Mountain Goats wondering here, and during the colder months such as November you can sometimes even see Tarantulas navigating via the edge of the road. Many rocks even have Petroglyphs etched into them from hundreds or even thousands of years ago by the local indiginous population. If you are in the area and have seen all that Vegas has to offer of even if you haven't yet! I highly recommend a trip outside to the 'real' wild Nevada!

claudia_garcia85

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is was such a wonderful hike! Our guide took his time in explaining everything to us and showed us some hieroglyphics too. Also got to climb a boulder, which was the highlight of this tour for me! The morning was cool but about an hour after the hike, the sun felt very hot to make sure you take some snacks and water. Daniel, our guide did carry water bottles with him and some snacks so we could all have some, if needed. I would highly recommend Love Hikes for this tour.

Mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I loved my first true experience rock scrambling on an off trail hike in Valley of Fire. Dan was amazing and patiently guided me through the scary moments on ledges and finding foot placements. He was quite knowledgeable about the background of the area and the desert shrubbery. He always gave us options so it was our choice to go outside of our comfort zone. The hike was very exhilarating and worth the hour's ride. We also saw petroglyphs and even a big horned sheep. The scenery was amazing!
Linda Platt

Sonia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic! Jacob was the best tour guide and we had a wonderful time. Will book it again :

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I would really recommend a hiking tour with this company. Very enjoyable morning away from the bright lights of Vegas. Knowledgeable guide and really fun walk. A must if you are in the area.

Rebecca C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip, well organised and takes you off the beaten track of the main trails of Valley of Fire. Amazing, vast place which is just about 45 mins out of Vegas. We chose the moderate hike and some climbing involved at heights but excellent training/reassurance provided by guide. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

Joy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was all great. So Beautiful.. Our guide was personable and knowledgable. We enjoyed it all.

Monte S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Daniel was an excellent tour guide!

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